Wanda Landowska Harpsichord

    Landowska Harpsichord  sculptured gothic harpsichord.
           Painting attributed to Verroccchio, 16th century, inside the lid, probably cut out of its frame and mounted on harpsichord lid (Sunday Times, TV Times, 1.6.75)
           mentioned in Musical America 15.2.55p
           bought at auction,  16th century Italian, first performance of Landowska 1912 on this instrument, Renaissance painting, wood carving restored in Paris by 92-year-old, damaged on transport and restored by H. Schilling (Opus, July 72)
           featured in Landowska's autobiography (Star, 21.11.72)
           Mainly because the owner wanted to see the instrument played on instead of remaining silent in the glass case of a museum, the owner sold it to Mr Adler, mentioned in Wanda Landowska's biography as being her favourite instrument, three special ivory buttons at the side of the keyboard to enable the registration and tone colour of the harpsichord to be changed, detailed description of both repairs (RDM, 4.11.71)

1 comment:

  1. It is with great pleasure to see Landowska's beloved Italian instrument safe in South Africa! I am also given to understand that the muselaar from her collection is now in Brussels. As everyone is aware, the Nazis stole Landowska's library and collection of rare instruments and hid them in a salt mine for retrieval after the war. I was fearful that these treasures were destroyed decades ago. Thank you for posting, Dr. Adler.